How does Heartworm Disease affect dogs?

When it comes to heartworm disease, dogs are more at risk for contracting the disease than cats. In fact, the process by which a cat becomes heartworm positive is very different than in dogs, but we’ll discuss that in another blog post.

According to the American Heartworm Society, the main difference for dogs is that they are a “natural host for heartworms”, meaning once they make it inside your dog’s bloodstream they “mature into adults, mate and produce offspring.” Yuck! Even more awful is that potentially hundreds of these worms can grow in an untreated or unprotected dog, and this could eventually lead to lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and sometimes death.

We hope this changes the way you view heartworm prevention for your precious pooch. The cost of prevention far outweighs the pain and suffering your dog, and wallet, would have to go through. Do you need to get your dog on heartworm prevention? Come see us at a clinic! One of our core services is to test your pooch for heartworm disease with a simple blood test (note: a test is required to start your dog on prescription heartworm medication) and we can then prescribe your dog with a medication to keep these nasty worms from developing if your dog were to get bit my an infected mosquito. If your dog has never been on heartworm prevention be sure to get them tested right away. Our staff is ready to keep your pooch healthy!

VIP Petcare recommends administering a heartworm preventative to your pet every month for the duration of its life, as well as an annual test to ensure your pet is free of heartworm disease. An annual test is required to refill your pet’s heartworm medication. If you have questions, feel free to visit our staff at a Community Clinic near you or call our HelpDesk at (800) 427-7973.